West Indies defeated Bangladesh by 35 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after the first game was rained out. West Indies poured on the runs, setting Bangladesh 194 to win, which was too much for the visitors on Sunday. Rovman Powell led the attack with an unbeaten 28-ball 61. (July 4).
Opening batsman Brandon King led West Indies at the top, scoring a fifty (57 off 43) and holding the fort when wickets dropped at the other end, reducing the team to 26/2 in 4 overs. West Indies' captain Nicholas Pooran scored 34 off 30 while putting on a 74-run partnership with King in 56 deliveries to rally the team after they had fallen to 26 for 2.
Following King, Powell joined him. The two began to hit more boundaries and up the ante as they shared a stand of 63 runs off 28 balls, helping West Indies score 108 runs in their last 10 overs. Powell's rather shrewd knock included six sixes. Bangladesh will have regretted their initial wayward bowling, which West Indies took advantage of.
In the chase, West Indies struck quickly to dismiss Mahmudullah in the third over and both openers within two overs. A 55-run stand between Shakib al Hasan and Afif Hossain gave the chase some life, but once it was broken, West Indies didn't let them escape. Shakib batted deep and scored a fifty in the process. He remained unbeaten on 68 off 52.
Brief scores: West Indies 193/5 in 20 overs (Brandon King 57, Rovman Powell 61*; Shoriful Islam 2-40) beat Bangladesh 158/6 in 20 overs (Shakib al Hasan 68*, Afif Hossain 34; Obed McCoy 2-37, Romario Shepherd 2-28) by 35 runs.